How to give credit to scientists for their involvement in making data & samples available for sharing - RDA 9th Plenary BoF meeting

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07 January 2017 4158 reads

Meeting title

Basis for a white paper focusing on rewarding mechanisms to foster resources sharing in Research

Short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group: 

Data sharing statements and promotion is a strong reality. Yet, in reality data sharing still meet many obstacles in several domains, a major one being the lack of relevant and recognized rewarding mechanisms for the very specific efforts required. 
Data and physical resources sharing includes very different steps, methods and communities.
- Contribution of data/samples that may not originate from research themselves to a resource that will be used for research
- Construction of a research resource 
- Establishment of governance and sharing policy of the resource
- Tools and follow up of the use of the resource.
Individuals with different competencies contribute at each of these steps and need some recognition. There are initiatives to recognize the value of certain steps of this work but there are gaps. For several years, the BRIF initiative (BRIF : Bioresource Research Impact factor/framework) has already tackled these issues for human biological samples and data. A guideline has been produced and work performed on unique identifiers and relevant parameters towards specific metrics. RDA WGs could benefit from those previous results and further progress on identifying gaps and practical solutions to settle resources sharing and its proper recognition in research practices.

Additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. group page, Case statement, working documents etc

• The BRIF initiative -
• CoBRA guideline -
• EQUATOR network -

Meeting objectives

1. Critical review of existing rewarding mechanisms for the different steps -identified above- towards resources sharing; are there relevant metrics?
2. Case study of a guideline for citation of bioresources (CoBRA) as an element of a rewarding mechanism : analyse the applicability to various communities
3. Identification of new partners
4. Structure of a white paper on the topic.

Meeting agenda

1. Introduction and objectives of the meeting, Dr Anne Cambon-Thomsen (5 min)
2. Presentation of critical existing rewarding mechanisms for sharing data/samples, Dr Rodrigo Costas-Comesana (15 min)
3. Discussion: what is needed (20 min)
4. Presentation of CoBRA guideline, Dr Laurence Mabile (10 min)
5. Discussion: analyse applicability to other fields (20 min)
6. Synthesis towards a white paper on rewarding mechanisms & tools to foster sharing of resources, Dr Mogens Thomsen (15 min)
7. Identification of a writing group and of new partners (5 min)

Presented slides are available below.


The following WG or IG potentially gather scientists with shared interest in the meeting's topic:
WG Data citation;
Publishing data bibliometrics WG;
WG BioSharing Registry: connecting data policies, standards & databases in life sciences WG;
International Materials Resource Registries WG;
Practical Policy WG;
RDA / TD WG Metadata Standards for attribution of physical and digital collections stewardship;
RDA/WDS Publishing Data Bibliometrics WG; 
Data policy standardisation and implementation IG;
Health data IG;

Reading the BRIF marker paper and the Cobra guideline plus exploring the EQUATOR and BBMRI-ERIC networks before the session would be helpful for the planned discussions (links above).

Group chair serving as contact person: Laurence Mabile

Type of meeting: Working meeting

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